Pavel Patera ( born September 6, 1971 in Kladno, Czechoslovakia) is a Czech ice hockey player. Since the season 2004/ 05 he is at his hometown club HC Geus Okna Kladno under contract. In his many years of career, he has completed a total of 32 games for the Dallas Stars and Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League.
Pavel Patera began his career in his hometown of Kladno HC Poldi Kladno when, with whom he made his debut in the Czechoslovak Extraliga in the 1990/91 season. He played for his hometown club until 1996 and increased from year to year to improve his game. For two consecutive seasons he was the top scorer in the meantime Czech Extraliga.
In summer 1996, he moved along with his strike partners in Kladno and in the Czech national team, Martin Prochazka and Otakar Vejvoda, to Sweden in the Elitserien for AIK Stockholm. Prochazka moved a year later to the Toronto Maple Leafs, while Vejvoda had to end his career at the beginning of the 1997/98 season due to injury. NHL Entry Draft 1998 Patera was selected by the Dallas Stars in the sixth round to 153 place. However, he is not moved to North America, but returned to the Czech Republic back to HC and won with Vsetín Vsetín Czech Championship.
But after only one season for Vsetín he signed a contract with the Dallas Stars, but completed only twelve games for the Stars and returned to Vsetín. Before the season 2000 /01 he signed with the Minnesota Wild, but after only 20 games for the Wild, he was given to the Cleveland Lumberjacks, who played in the IHL.
As his attempts to gain a foothold in North America largely were unsuccessful, he decided to return to Europe. First, he completed three games for his hometown club HC Kladno, before joining the Russian first division club Avangard Omsk. He played a total of three years for Omsk and was able to win with Anvangard 2004, the Russian Championship. After this success, he returned to his home club for which he has since played with one exception. At the end of the 2005 /06 Kladno missed the playoffs and Patera was loaned by the Swedish first division Färjestad BK, for which he completed 26 games and won the Swedish championship.
Pavel Patera has participated in all major international championships during his career. With the Czech national team, he won four gold and two bronze medals at the world championships. The greatest success of his career was winning the gold medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano.
Awards and achievements
- Winning the World Cup 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001
- Bronze medal at the World Championships in 1997 and 1998
- 1998: Olympic champion in ice hockey
- 1999: Winning the Czech Cup
- 2004: winning the Russian championship
- 2006: winning the Swedish Championship
- Top scorer of the Extraliga (Czech Republic) in 1993/94 and 1994/95
- Most Assists ( assists) Extraliga (Czech Republic) in 1994/95 and 2006/ 07
- Most Assists in the Ice Hockey World Championship 1997
- Second All- Star team at the Ice Hockey World Cup 1998
- All- Star team Karjala Cup 1998-1999
- Top scorer of the Super League 2002/ 03
- Most Assists Super League 2002/ 03
- Highest / - of the Super League Ranking 2002/ 03